Is this "the most left-wing government since the war?"
Simon Jenkins has been infuriating the left with an article in the Guardian which you can read here, suggesting that
"The coalition is fast becoming the most leftwing British government since the war. It has clobbered the middle classes on child benefit. On Tuesday it accepted advice to impose a swingeing loan repayment regime on rich graduates. Today it said it would wipe billions in tax relief from private pension plans. This is from a government that is the first to stand by a top-rate tax rise, to 50%, since the Labour government of 1974. Nothing is sacred. Rightwing this is not."
I don't go all the way with this argument. The coalition has also axed 200 quangos, cancelled Labour's jobs tax, and capped the benefits available to families where nobody has a health or disability problem at the income level they could earn while working at an average wage. The examples in Jenkin's article, those quoted above and others in the body of the article, were clearly selectively chosen to make a point.
And perhaps they would have been more effective in making the point that the measures this government has had to take to clear up Labour's catastrophic financial legacy have hit the middle and the rich as well as the poor. We really are "all in this together."
Nevertheless Simon Jenkins is right to highlight the irony that the loudest screams from the Labour party and the left have been when the coalition has done things which predominantly hit those on middle or higher incomes.